Cheyna Roth


Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, based at the state capitol in Lansing. Her reports are heard daily on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR.

Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN.

Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker.

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A state Representative says tax dollars shouldn’t be used for certain settlements by college and universities.

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For the past week, one Michigan Senator has set up a nativity display every morning on the State Capitol lawn. Senator Rick Jones has set up the display every Christmas season for the last four years.

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Governor Rick Snyder signed a stack of bills this week.

Protestors gathered at the state Capitol Thursday.

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A fight between school employees and the state ended today – in favor of the employees.

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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.

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Applications for medical marijuana licenses became available Friday. The process got off to a slower start than some expected.

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The state might change its mind about putting a new veterans’ home in Detroit.

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Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan.

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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.